Milan’s nhow boutique hotel opens its second location in Berlin, and is proudly the first “music and lifestyle hotel” in the world with a heavy music theme atop its focus on architecture, fashion and art. nhow Berlin sits by the Spree’s banks at the heart of the city’s creative scene, and is a visual triumph due to German architect Sergei Tchoban and Egyptian designer Karim Rashid. Retaining much of the city’s characteristic industrial edge on the outside, nhow Berlin’s interior surprises with its vibrant color, digital pop-art feel and eclectic modern abstraction. While the hotel’s art gallery and 304 rooms provide an elegant translation of design aesthetics and deserve mention, nhow Berlin’s loudest brag is clearly its pair of world-class recording studios run in partnership with Lautstark Music GmbH/René Rennefeld of the famed Hansa recording studios–the Analog Mixing Suite and 5.1 Digital Suite for analog and digital lovers respectively. Every guest room is also iPod-ready and room service includes nhow-loaned guitars for the inspired.